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[tahym-kee-per] /ˈtaɪmˌki pər/
a person or thing that keeps time.
an official appointed to time, regulate, and record the duration of a sports contest or its component parts, as to give the official time of a race, assure that a round of boxing is ended exactly on time, or announce to football, basketball, hockey, etc., teams the amount of time left to play.
a timepiece:
This watch is a good timekeeper.
a person employed to keep account of the hours of work done by others.
a person who beats time in music.
Origin of timekeeper
First recorded in 1680-90; time + keeper
Related forms
timekeeping, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Frank Barringer was timekeeper and referee, and at the appointed hour he made both teams line up and catch hold of the rope.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • Henceforth, as formerly, the sun will suffice him for a timekeeper.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • There was no ring, there was no timekeeper, no single umpire.

    The Covered Wagon Emerson Hough
  • “There are only five minutes more of play,” said Tom, who heard that from the timekeeper.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • And so the ball see-sawed back and forth until the piping whistle of the timekeeper announced the close of the third quarter.

    The Mark of the Knife Clayton H. Ernst
  • In this timekeeper you recognize the beginnings of the modern watch.

    Stories of Useful Inventions Samuel Eagle Foreman
  • Alban thought rather of the fateful clock and of the excuses which might pacify the timekeeper.

    Aladdin of London Sir Max Pemberton
  • Captain Fischer will act as referee and timekeeper, if it's agreeable.

    A Cadet's Honor Upton Sinclair
  • After an hour or so passed—for it is hard to keep count of time when one's thoughts are the only timekeeper—I fell asleep.

  • Bill Haden asked Mr. Brook, who had from the beginning been the timekeeper of the party.

    Facing Death G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for timekeeper


a person or thing that keeps or records time
an employee who maintains a record of the hours worked by the other employees
a device for indicating time; timepiece
an employee with respect to his or her record of punctuality: a good timekeeper
Derived Forms
timekeeping, noun
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